Sunday, May 11, 2008

Diabetic Alert Dogs

Four days ago I received an email (a referral) from a woman desperate for help with a partially trained Diabetic Alert Dog. Her 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a year-and-half ago.

I've been scrambling to learn as much as I can about this service dog specialty. The first reference I found was from 2001 and it was anecdotal, i.e., a wonderful family dog "gets it" and becomes a DAD. Apparently the 2001 article spawned interest and there are a few companies in the U.S. supposedly training dogs for this job. I say supposedly, because I have not personally talked to a trainer who does this or met a fully operational dog.

As I learn more, I'll share information with you.

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